I would like to express an observation regarding people’s conduct in church.  

My wife and I were honored to represent our parish and receive the blessed oils from the bishop at the Chrism Mass. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to Mass starting. 

After we took our seats, to spend time in prayer preparing spiritually was impossible. One would have thought we were in Death Valley on the LSU campus. 

People were talking out loud, visiting with others; the couple sitting next to us were making comments regarding other people in the church.  The only thing missing was food and drink. 

Sad to say, this is not the only time I have experienced similar conduct. Once, when I was driving a truck, I stopped at a Catholic Church when Mass had just let out. Naturally, there were people still in church talking so loud prayer was impossible.  The priest had to come out of the sacristy to ask them to be quiet. 

Some have forgotten that Christ is still present in the holy Eucharist in the tabernacle. Catholic Churches were once known for their quiet, which allowed for peaceful prayer and meditation. 

There is already too much noise in the world.  Our churches must be places of quiet. “Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand; the Lord has consecrated his guests.” Zep 1:7 RSV CE.

Duane Breaux

Pierre Part